Peacock Commissions Gladiator Drama From Roland Emmerich!

Peacock secured a straight-to-series order for a gladiator drama helmed by Independence Day director Roland Emmerich on Tuesday.

The show is characterized as “a large-scale drama set within the magnificent, complex, and corrupt world of gladiatorial sports in Ancient Rome.”

Emmerich will direct and executive produce, and the showrunner will be Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan).

“Those About To Die reinvents Ancient Rome,” says Lisa Katz, head of scripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

Harald Kloser, Gianni Nunnari, Oliver Berben, Herbert G. Kloiber, Martin Moszkowicz, Jonas Bauer, Stuart Ford, and Lourdes Diaz are also executive producers on the film.

Peacock Entertainment has ordered a “big scale” version of Daniel Mannix’s Roman Gladiator historical tome Those About to Die for television.

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